from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of one who bats.
  • noun Cotton, wool, or synthetic fiber wadded into rolls or sheets, used for stuffing furniture and mattresses and for lining quilts.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act or process of washing or smoothing linen with a bat.
  • noun The process of beating raw cotton with hazel-or holly-twigs, on a frame made of cords, for the purpose of opening the matted locks, or of beating out impurities.
  • noun Cotton or wool prepared in thick but light matted sheets for quilts or bed-covers, the quilting of garments, etc. Also called bat, batts.
  • noun The act or manner of using a bat in a game of ball: as, their batting was good.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of one who bats; the management of a bat in playing games of ball.
  • noun Cotton in sheets, prepared for use in making quilts, etc..

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun sewing cotton, wool, silk or synthetic material used to stuff the inside of a mattress, quilt etc
  • noun special cotton for surgery.
  • noun the act of someone who bats
  • verb Present participle of bat.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun (baseball) the batter's attempt to get on base
  • noun stuffing made of rolls or sheets of cotton wool or synthetic fiber


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Sense 2, from the beating of raw cotton to clean it.]



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    - 'The Dark Half', Stephen King.

    December 31, 2007